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East Tennessee State University

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ETSU is an accredited four-year public university that serves more than 14,000 students. With over 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in subjects including the sciences, business, health sciences, the arts, and technology, you will find the course of study that is right for you. You will also find support for your learning at ETSU, with tutoring services, research opportunities, smaller classes, and accessible faculty members who can speak with you outside of class. More than 600 international students from over 60 countries have chosen ETSU. We hope you will join us!

More about ETSU:

•Located in the mountains of east Tennessee, you will enjoy fresh air and a peaceful environment for studying

•ETSU provides scholarship opportunities to assist you with tuition

•On-campus clubs and organizations help you make new friends and find community

•You can choose between on-campus housing or apartments near campus

•Helpful staff members will guide you through the admissions and I-20 processes

International students interested in applying to ETSU may obtain detailed information on the application process here:Office of Undergraduate Admissions or School of Graduate Studies.

Many common questions about applying to ETSU can be answered here.  If you need more information you can search the ETSU's website using the A-Z IndexNeed Help? or Useful Links tools. You can also email your questions to

1. I would like to study at ETSU. How do I apply?
2. What is the required TOEFL/IELTS score for ETSU?
3. Can students be accepted conditionally if the TOEFL/IELTS score does not meet the minimum requirement?
4. Does ETSU have an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?
5. What are the estimated expenses for the first year of study at ETSU?
6. How do I know whether I have been offered a Graduate Assistantship, Tuition Scholarship, or another scholarship?
7. What are the immunization requirements to attend ETSU?
8. I have been admitted to a degree program at ETSU. When do I get my I-20 or DS-2019?
9. Can you express mail my I-20?
10. Can you help me arrange off-campus housing?
11. Will I be able to find work on campus?
12. Are international students eligible to apply for scholarships?
13. What do I need to do if I do not get a visa on my first attempt?


 

1. I would like to study at ETSU. How do I apply?

If you are interested in undergraduate studies, please visit the undergraduate admissions website. If you are interested in graduate studies, please visit the graduate admissions website. Visiting students apply as undergraduate students. 

 


 

2. What is the required TOEFL/IELTS score for ETSU?

The minimum score for the TOEFL is 173 (computer-based), 500 (paper-based), or 61 (internet-based) for undergraduate applicants.  The minimum score for IELTS is 5.5 for undergraduate applicants and 6.5 for graduate applicants.

 


 

3. Can students be accepted conditionally if the TOEFL/IELTS score does not meet the minimum requirement?

Yes, prospective students who plan to enroll in ELS Language Centers  may be accepted conditionally to the university if all but the language proficiency requirements for admission are fulfilled. Successful completion of Level 112 of the English for Academic Purposes program will be sufficient evidence of language proficiency and can be used in lieu of the TOEFL.  Please visit the ELS Center on campus website for more information.

An offer of conditional admission is not a guarantee of full admission.  Also note that ELS will issue your initial I-20.  Once you are fully admitted to ETSU, we can issue you a transfer-in I-20.  



4. Does ETSU have an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

Yes. There is an ELS Language Center on campus and students interested in enrolling in ESL courses should contact them directly.  More information is available on their website.

 


 

5. What are the estimated expenses for the first year of study at ETSU?

In order for us to issue a Form I-20, which you will use to apply for the F-1 visa and gain admission to the United States, we will need to have original and current (no more than 3 months old) financial documentation verifying that you (or a sponsor willing to support you have sufficient funds available to support your studies. At this time (2016-2017 academic year), international undergraduate students are required to show a minimum of $44,151USD, graduate students  $42,063USD for graduate students. Please see the Fee Estimate and Bursar's Office Graduate Fees for more information.

For your information, even if you did receive financial assistance from ETSU (merit, tuition,creative arts, and athletic scholarships, and graduate assistantships) you would still have to provide original financial documentation as no scholarship covers all of the personal expenses and miscellaneous fees. As to how much the statement should show all depends on the value of the scholarship you have. Please see International Student Scholarships for more information about financial assistance.

In order to issue the I-20, we must have evidence that these funds are immediately available to you. These funds can be a combination of sources, including scholarships, personal funds, or a sponsors funds (checking, savings, or money market accounts; nostocks, bonds, property, etc.). This cost of attendance is not a bill for ETSU; rather, it is an estimate of expenses that students may incur that we must show to the US Department of State and Department of Homeland Security (formerly INS: Immigration & Naturalization Services). When we issue the Form I-20 for a prospective student, we are telling the US Government that we know that the student will not become a public charge.Our mailing address is as follows:Fee Estimate for Undergraduate/Graduate Students.

 


 

6. How do I know whether I have been offered a Graduate Assistantship, a Tuition Scholarship, or another scholarship?

Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships are awarded by individual departments. Departments or Graduate coordinators manage the application and selection process and they should be your first contact concerning assistantships and scholarships. The School of Graduate Studies lists available Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholarship positions. Additional information about Creative Arts and Merit Scholarships or Honors Scholarships (for undergraduate students) can be found at International Student Scholarships.

 


 


7. What are the Immunization Requirements to attend ETSU?

Please follow this link for more information about the requirements:  Immunization Requirements.

 


 


8. I have been admitted to a degree program at ETSU. When do I get my I-20 or DS-2019?

Your I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued once you are admitted and submit an I-20 /DS2019 request form.  

 


 


9. Can you express my I-20?

Yes. However, we do not cover the cost to express I-20s. If you would like for your I-20 to be sent via express mail, please contact your credit card company and inform them that you will be having an international charge (if it is an international credit card) and complete and return the express mail credit card form.

 


 


10. Does ETSU have an off-campus Housing Department?

Unfortunately, we do not have an off-campus housing office, but the Adult Commuter and Transfer Services Office maintains a listing of off-campus housing. Students wishing to live off-campus must procure housing themselves. We advise you to arrive at least 2 weeks before classes begin if planning to seek off-campus housing.

Make sure to select off-campus housing that is near the campus, unless you plan to have a car.  Johnson City has limited public transportation.  

 


 


11. Will I be able to find work on campus?

There is no guarantee that you can find on-campus work, especially during your first semester at ETSU. Many international students, however, secure positions as student workers within a semester of their enrollment.

Please note that campus jobs should not be seem as a major source of financial support.   Most campus jobs will pay minimum wage. 

 


 


12. Are international students eligible to apply for scholarships?

Yes, international students can apply for scholarships such as: the University Honors Scholarship, Honors-in-Discipline Scholarship, Creative Arts Scholarship, Art Scholars Scholarship, and the International Student Academic Merit Scholarship. For detailed information, please visit the ETSU Scholarship Office and International Student Scholarships.

 


 


13. What do I need to do if I do not get a visa on my first attempt?

You need to let us know if your visa petition is denied and the reason for denial. Sometimes it is possible for us to help you gather enough documentation for a review. Your admission is valid for one year, but we need to know if you plan to defer your entrance date. You must write us indicating your need to change the entrance date.

If you need more information on our undergraduate and graduate programs of study,  or on how to apply to ETSU, please contact:


Ben PortraitBen Shupe
International Admissions Counselor
[shupej@etsu.edu]shupej@etsu.edu
(423)439-4808
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